How to Contact Your Representative or Senator: A Beginner’s Guide

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

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Established by Article I of the Constitution, the Legislative Branch consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which together form the United States Congress….The House of Representatives is made up of 435 elected members, divided among the 50 states in proportion to their total population. In addition, there are 6 non-voting members, representing the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and four other territories of the United States….The Senate is composed of 100 Senators, 2 for each state. Until the ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913, Senators were chosen by state legislatures, not by popular vote. Since then, they have been elected to six-year terms by the people of each state. Senator’s terms are staggered so that about one-third of the Senate is up for reelection every two years.

How to Contact Your Representative or Senator: A Beginner’s Guide

Consider taking the following actions: 

  • Call the White House and U.S. State Department and voice your recommendation that Venezuela be designated for TPS.

    • White House Comment Line: (202) 456-1111

    • State Department Operations Center: (202) 647-1512

Venezuelan American national bar association

The Venezuelan American National Bar Association (VENAMBAR) urges you to call upon President Donald Trump, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and your Representatives and/or Senators to recommend that Venezuela be designated for Temporary Protected Status pursuant to §244(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

REQUEST TPS FOR VENEZUELA: How to Contact Your Representative or Senator